10.26.05

World Series Game 3 : The Never Ending Story

Posted in Baseball at 12:40 am by

White Sox 5, Astros 5 (bottom of the 13th)

As this is now the longest World Series game in history, I would like to donate what’s left of my brain to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

Not only am I a ridicuously nice guy, but I’m unselfish, too.

I’m pretty sure I just saw Charlie Kerfeld warming up in the Astros bullpen.

10.25.05

World Series Game 3 – Oswalt In Agony, Crede As The New Mr. October

Posted in Baseball at 8:36 pm by

White Sox 5, Astros 4 (top of the 6th)

This all-thumbs entry comes to you from Minute Maid’s charmless 9 Amigos restaurant (all the ambience of a Chilli’s with much higher ceilings). You have no idea how many dishes I’m supposed to wash to cover the costs of a standing room ticket (and I haven’t even mentioned who I’m standing on).

A little fan interference indicates that perhaps the cheap breaks are swinging the other way…though I did type that before the White Sox batted around in the 5th.

Craig Biggio is on pace to nicely avenge his wife’s slapping (if only Julio Lugo was still here to say the same), and while Mushnick nailed the Chuck Norris/Jeff Bagwell seperated-at-birth thing yesterday, I humbly submit Chris Burke and Bill Pulsipher.

Though Nolan Ryan put quite a charge into this well-heeled crowd when tossing the ceremonial first pitch, I’d like to think that J.R. Richard just hadn’t checked his voice mail.

It’s time to check Joe Crede’s urine. Not that I think he’s on something, mind you. Just trying to come up with a fun science experiment for Chris Myers while he’s killing time.

Seriously, folks, Houston’s an awesome city. All kinds of great things to do here. For instance, drive to Austin.

Paul Wall, Andy Pettitte Connection Explored

Posted in Baseball, Hip Hop at 5:44 pm by

Thanks to David Roth for the link to the story of the day, but excuse me if i’m not blown away. Didn’t the Last Poets have a song about Jim Leyritz once upon a time?

Raissman On Shaving Barber’s Carries

Posted in Gridiron at 12:45 pm by

From the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman.

Is the Giants’ offensive philosophy based on football or economics?

While discussing Tom Coughlin’s use (or lack thereof) of a running game, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer indicated it is essential to follow the money. And in the case of Tiki Barber, Glazer said, yardage is not the only thing at stake when he carries the ball.

“If he (Barber) doesn’t rush for a certain number of yards this year, then his salary next year will drop anywhere from $500,000 to $1.2 million,” Glazer said on Fox’s “NFL Sunday.”

Glazer said Barber’s contract has a similar clause for 2006. “If Tiki fails to reach 900-1,250 yards he would have to give the Giants back anywhere from $800,000 to $1.5 million,” Glazer added.

Despite their thrilling 24-23 win over Denver, the Giants’ reluctance to run the football was evident and highlighted on CBS’ telecast.

After the Giants went three-and-out with 2:24 left in the third quarter, a clearly agitated Phil Simms said: “Run the football. You have to keep the defense honest.”

So, when you hear Glazer’s report, which no one denied, questions follow.

Is pressure coming down from the top?

Would Giants GM/Media Darling Ernie Accorsi be consumed enough by the bottom line that he would keep the ball out of Barber’s hands to whack his salary?

Would the Giants improperly use Barber, who was drafted by the late George Young, to collect from the running back later? Hey, for an organization as profitable as the Giants, $1.5 mil is chump change. So, Accorsi would not nickel and dime Barber, would he?

Though the paucity of Tiki touches earlier in the game is a fair point, it’s pretty obvious the Giants are gonna be passing when trailing by a sizeable margin late in the day.

White Sox Fans, In A Lique Of Their Own

Posted in Baseball at 12:33 pm by

Finally, a chance to use that headline. Thank you, Patty Biggio (and thanks to Soft Hands for the link).

Back in Houston, where Patty Biggio is active in local charities, news of the attack infuriated Astros fans who vented on the team’s Web blog, some citing past violence at the Cell, including a 2002 incident where a fan attacked a coach and a fan assault on an umpire in 2003.

“I hate to say it but it seems to be a theme for that stadium,” wrote one fan. Said another, “I just don’t see ANY Astros fan pulling that kind of stunt. A lot more class than that down [here].”

“White Sox fans are lower class of people,” said one blogger. “Seriously. The fact of the matter is [U.S. Cellular Field] is not a safe place to bring your family to see a ballgame.”

White Sox spokesperson Scott Reifert disputed that, describing the incident as the work of “one idiot.”

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen apologized to Craig Biggio. “I told the police, don’t put him in jail, bring him to me in the dugout,” Guillen said.

Hate It When That Happens, Dept.

Posted in The World Of Entertainment at 12:21 pm by

President of the New Jersey chapter for the CMA, Brian Turner forwards the following message from country superstar Chris Cagle,

To All My Loyal Music Fans:

“As many of you are aware, I had been anxiously awaiting the addition of a new baby to my life. The baby has been born and both mother and child are in good health. Since the birth, however, we have discovered that biologically, the child is not mine.

As excited as I was about becoming a new father, my disappointment is equally as strong. So out of respect for all that are involved, please allow this situation to remain private and know that I will not be commenting further on this very personal matter. I’m thanking you in advance for your kind cooperation and understanding.”

Chris Cagle

Aarton On Air Apolitical

Posted in Basketball at 12:13 pm by

You can count the NY Times’ Harvey Aarton amongst those less than impressed with Michael Jordan’s “60 Minutes” appearance Sunday evening. Dismissing Jordan’s chat with Ed Bradley as “an infomercial”, Aarton writes,

Jordan’s star power was always predicated on his coming through, then cashing in. He never attached himself to a cause that would enhance his legacy in his post-playing years. His most enduring quote comes from a book – Sam Smith’s “Second Coming” – not written by him.

“Republicans buy shoes, too,” Jordan reportedly told a friend, referring to his refusal to endorse an African-American candidate, Harvey Gantt, in a North Carolina Senate race against Jesse Helms.

“It’s a heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody,” Jordan said, when Bradley mentioned criticism of his failure to be socially active or political. It was a familiar refrain for an unfocused question. Did Jordan ever feel guilt about not using his unparalleled leverage to speak out about the plight of impoverished blacks? What about his promise years ago to investigate Nike’s alleged workplace malpractices, but never quite getting around to it?

Jordan played it safe and never seemed sorry. His centrist strategy was certainly no crime, but if it was his personal choice to limit himself to being the immaculate corporate pitchman, then it is also fair, especially in light of the N.B.A.’s newly implemented dress code, to offer Jordan as exhibit A in the argument that clothes do not necessarily make the man.

Paging Lawrence Rocca

Posted in The Mailbag at 11:30 am by

Believe it or not, CSTB is not the best way to track down former (or current) Newark Star-Ledger reporters.

Good evening,

Paul Jones, Dirfector of Education and Instruction , Accordia Golf here in Japan.

I have read with great interest and been impressed by the performance of the Chiba based baseball team.

Not being a fan of baseball I was surprised to see whilst in new York last week Mr Rocca (above) quoted several times in leading publications and to take this further be brought up indirfectly in a conversation we had in regards to promotion of sport here Japan.

I am writing in and effort to contact Mr Rocca. I have a role with golf here in Japan that needs to use examples of success stories in order to change the game here in Japan.

J League to date has been a success and with what Valentine and Rocca are doing it is sure to be a success for baseball.

Japanese have 3 sports loves- Soccer, Baseball and Golf, it seems fitting that the next sport to grab recognition would be golf and I would like to share some of the thoughts and experiences we have had with Mr Rocca in and attempt to see what synergies may exist.

In brief accordia golf is almost 100 golf courses in size the largest of its type in the world. It has a significant role to play in developing the game, however perhaps as is the case with baseball in the past, golf has alot of old tradition which is reusing to make way for younger and more progressive attitudes.

If you can forward this email or advise Mr Rocca`s contact that would be greatfully appreciated.

regards,

Paul Jones

Tribune Corp. To Part With Cubs?

Posted in Baseball at 11:21 am by

In a piece that might only get Ben Schwartz’ hopes up, the Daily Herald’s Mike Comerford examines the possiblity of the Chicago Cubs being sold.

With its stock losing a quarter of its worth in the last year, Tribune Co. may be considering a sale of non-core assets such as the Cubs.

That™s the speculation from one of the Tribune™s top-five investors, Chicago-based investment firm Ariel Capital Management.

œIf their stock gets into the $20s, I think their management would have to look to sell non-strategic assets, including the Cubs, said John Miller, senior vice president of portfolio management at Ariel, whose firm holds 10 million shares of Tribune stock.

Its stock settled up 46 cents on Monday at $31.37. Its 52-week high is $44.32.

Non-core Tribune assets include the Food Network, WB Network, CareerBuilder.com and the Cubs, with an estimated value of $2 billion. Core assets would include broadcast stations such as WGN-TV and newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

But with a value of $400 million to $550 million, a Cubs sale alone wouldn™t be much of a boost to a corporation with $5.7 billion in sales last year. Some analysts interviewed called the Cubs sale a rumor and declined to speculate on the likelihood.

Because Tribune has long been a controversial owner of the Cubs, a sale might be good for the team, said Alan Sanderson, University of Chicago sports economist.

œYou probably don™t want a Chinese oil company to buy them, but other than that I don™t see the downside, Sanderson said.

Vescey On Artest

Posted in General at 11:13 am by

From the NY Post’s Peter Vescey :

Nothing quite launches a campaign (NBA Cares) than Tim Duncan ” commonly identified as the league’s most wholesome player ” branding David Stern’s dress code as retarded.
You now have an inkling why The Big Detrimental tends to be uncommunicative; it conceals his lack of sensitivity and smarts.

Plainly, between Duncan and Ron Artest, free speech is grossly overrated.

Stern must find the following fascinating: While he’s attempting to dress up his league’s image, Artest, fresh from a 73-game suspension for invading The Palace stands, is the latest to pose naked above the shoulders (surrounded by three scantily clad women) for a magazine that markets undress, and babbling about fighting Ben Wallace for $10 million on pay-per-view.

Today, Artest (above) is uncovered as a Penthouse Putz. Tomorrow, he’s on the cover (along with Pacer President Larry Bird) of Sports Illustrated. Naw, nobody on its honorable staff will be able to get him to say something remotely obtuse or controversial.

Yeah, right!

Shamefully, Artest has become the media’s most effortlessly exploitable person in the NBA. Like Dennis Rodman and Micheal Ray Richardson, anybody can get Artest to say anything at any time. Getting him to open up and bare his unsophisticated soul is as easy as offering him a Popsicle.

After hearing one yack radio howler after another, overcome with outrage at Artest’s Penthouse appearance (who knew Penthouse was still publishing?), I can only wonder why it has never occured to these Knights of The Kneejerk that Artest has some kind of condition, disability, whatever. For a guy who is regularly made out to be Public Enemy No. 1, I find him to be without guile (or much sophistication) and clearly unaware that each public statement makes him the subject of ridicule. Whether he needs medication or a minder, I can’t say for sure, but surely the image-conscious NBA, if not the Indiana Pacers can see the downside in one of the game’s finest all-around players generating so much over the top hatred.

Wellington Mara, RIP

Posted in Gridiron at 10:55 am by

Longtime NY Giants owner and Pro Football Hall Of Fame member Wellington Mara has passed away at the age of 89.

While our thoughts are with the Mara and Giants families this morning, it is nice to imagine that Mr. Mara and Leon Hess are having a heck of a Tecmo Bowl battle up in heaven.

Will Leitch points out that Mara was a committed anti-abortion advocate, which brings to mind the sage words of Mark Bavaro, who while appearing in a Mara financed pro life film, “Champions For Life” reminded viewers that if his mother had opted for an abortion, Bavaro couldn’t have caught Phil Simms’ TD passes.

Unnatural Axe

Posted in Rock Und Roll at 10:42 am by

Writes Sam Frank, still smarting over the Napalmed Smurfs debacle (I forgive you, Sam),

I hope Time Magazine hasn’t covered THIS.

Rosa Parks, RIP

Posted in Racism Corner at 1:40 am by

Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her Montgomery, AL bus seat to a white man in the winter of 1955 ranks as an historic act of civil disobedience, has passed away at the age of 92.

Dept. Of Wishful Thinking : Steinberg On The Knicks

Posted in Basketball at 12:59 am by

In a display of wild optimism that would make someone in the MSG box office blush, Pro Basketball News’ Mark Steinberg hails Isiah Thomas’ moves and boldy predicts that the Knickerbockers “will compete for a playoff spot.”

It may still be preseason and a little early to make judgements, but Nate Robinson is the most exciting player you may ever see. Why? Cause he™s me and you. At 5-9 and 180 pounds, he™s got the speed, the hops and the badass moves to rival nearly every guard in the league. Better still, he™s averaging close to five boards a game despite being the same size as Emilio Estevez.

These three on the floor with the silky three-point shooting of Q-Rich would be enough to make any fan happy. Not Isiah. Thomas then went out and signed the human buffet, Jerome James to a five-year deal. Has James ever done anything to warrant a contract quite like that? Probably not, but the Celtics are paying the same green to Brian Scalabrine and I™m fairly sure James can out-play and out-eat him any day of the week.

With all due respect to Mark, Nate Robinson might be “you”, but I’m pretty sure he’s not me. Actually, I really doubt he’s you, either.

That someone else is willing to overpay for Brian Scalabrine really puts my mind at ease, though the bit about Jerome James being “the human buffet” really lost me. Is Steinberg suggesting that James is a meal consisting of several dishes from which guests serve themselves? Or would he have us believe the center is a room or counter in a station, hotel or other public building selling light meals or snacks?

10.24.05

Racially Yours : The Commissioner Speaks

Posted in Basketball at 11:30 pm by

If ever a bullshit policy required an eloquent spokesperson, David Stern is most certainly the man for the job. From ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan.

Sheridan: The policy has been called “racist.” Do people throw around a loaded word like that too easily?

Stern: Well, things involve race. Whenever you have a league in which some significant percentage is black, then things involve race. That’s just the way it’s going to be. When you have a league like the WNBA that has all women in it, you’re going to end up with gender issues. That’s just dependent on the composition of the league.

But there’s a difference between involving race and having actions interpreted as racist.

Sheridan: Are you surprised by the way racism has been thrown into this debate?

Stern: No, because it was thrown into the issue of raising the entry age. That was an issue that was absolutely, positively about basketball, to have better players, older and more experienced, to have better business by being able to look at players a year later so you can tell whether you were making a good investment or not.

And frankly, given the percentage of all players who happen to be African-Americans, all it means is you’d be drafting and signing 19-year-old African-Americans instead of 18-year-old African-Americans. But at least in the media it became an issue that was somewhat involved with race.

If you listen to the morning shows and you listen to the discussion, it’s actually kind of a healthy discussion. “Should there be a limit? Should there be a professional dress policy? Should athletes be any different than other workers who know what is expected of them when they’re on the job, in terms of dress … or not?” I don’t think it’s a bad discussion. I think it’s healthy, and it shows we have the capacity to engage.

Our season begins next Tuesday, and we’ve gotten as much ink on the dress policy than the preseason. But that shouldn’t surprise us. Magic Johnson, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Latrell Sprewell, Allen [Iverson's] rap record. It’s the NBA, we’re an accelerator, and actually, that’s OK. We’re live, unscripted drama, we’re a soap opera, on the court and off the court, and we provide an awful lot of programming in both places to a lot of outlets, including yours.

Blonde, Pretty Midfielder In Red Card Controversy

Posted in Football at 10:43 pm by

Sent off close to the end of Real Madrid’s home defeat at the hands of Valencia yesterday, David Beckham is a victim of discrimination claims a teammate. From the Guardian’s Simon Talbot.

Beckham was booked for his reaction to the referee’s decision to give a foul for Raúl’s tackle on Pablo Aimar in the 87th minute and when he applauded the decision, the referee sent him off. He will now miss tomorrow’s visit to Deportivo La Coruña,

“I can’t understand what the problem was,” García insisted. “I doubt he said anything because Beckham doesn’t speak Spanish that well – I can barely understand him on the pitch. I don’t know why Beckham got sent off. Maybe it’s because he’s blonde and pretty – the referee is capable of sending him off for that.”

He added: “the red card was too harsh for what Beckham did. There are tackles going in everywhere and he gets a red card for applauding – it’s unbelievable.”

Not only is Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho loathe to credit Everton for halting his club’s 9 game winning streak, but he managed to take a gratuitous swipe at Arsenal on Monday as well. From Football365.com.

Not content with refusing to accept that his side were held to a draw by Everton, the Chelski boss has also decided to speak out on what his club’s website bizarrely refers to as ‘Robert Pires’ capsized showboat’.

“You know why they [Arsenal] took the second penalty like that? They have so many penalties in a season they had to do something different,” Jose told the site.

Arsenal have won six penalties this term, failing to convert half of them.

Mourinho, though, was even more incensed by Didier Drogba’s disallowed ‘goal’ on Sunday and continued to maintain that his side had won 2-1 at Goodison.

“We scored two goals,” he insisted. “Normally when you score two goals and concede one you win the game.”

Brighton maintained their recent away form with a 1-1 draw at Championship leaders Sheffield Wednesday earlier this evening, substitute Colin Kazim-Richards scoring 3 minutes from injury time. Earlier in the day, Wycome striker Nathan Tyson (above) rejected a transfer to Wednesday, despite the clubs have agreed upon a £700,000 fee.

Sansevere : Better Dead Than Owned By Red

Posted in Gridiron at 4:53 pm by

As former Vikings owner Red McCombs distances himself from the team’s recent humiliations, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press’ Bob Sansevere remembers things differently.

Reacting to criticism of how he ran the Vikings, McCombs (above) told Sporting News Radio last week: “I don’t know what Mr. Wilf has been smoking. I have no idea. I know that I turned over to him one of the better sports organizations in the country.”

The moment I read that, I realized how much I missed the loopy old coot.

He just doesn’t get it. The dysfunctional culture that exists today with the Vikings is there because of McCombs.

He was an absentee owner all the years he had the team, and all he ever seemed to care about was a tidy profit.

He pretty much turned a blind eye to issues that included Randy Moss’ on- and off-field antics, Mike Tice’s scalping of Super Bowl tickets and Onterrio Smith’s drug-related problems.

He was a columnist’s dream

Radio Ga Ga : Match The Media Superstar With Their Undignified Public Incident

Posted in Sports Radio, The World Of Entertainment, Will Leitch Sucks at 4:30 pm by

A)Lee Corso, who doesn’t like to talk about posing nude (even if he brought it up himself).

B) Joan Rivers, who doesn’t like to talk about race (thanks to Jesper Eklow for the link).

C) the youthful “Alex” Reimer-Leitch, who followed his recent appearance on Stephen A. Smith’s “Quite Frankly” by having little or nothing interesting to say on AOL’s “Sports Bloggers Live” podcast. The program’s several dozen listeners have described Leitch’s contributions as rather insubstantial, though I think some allowance should be made for the fact he’s just turned 13.

Mascot Mania

Posted in Baseball at 3:37 pm by

You don’t have to be Tom Sizemore’s ex-girlfriend to note that $500 an hour doesn’t go as far as it used to.


(Mr. Met, center, would appreciate it if you don’t ask him for “extras”)

Computers Continue Their Evil Tyranny Over College Poll

Posted in Gridiron at 3:22 pm by

If nothing else, I look forward to Mark Mangino blaming Kansas’ 50 point defeat to Texas next November 12 on a machine.

Saints March Onto Greener Pastures, Benson’s Civic Responsiblity Hailed

Posted in Gridiron at 1:51 pm by


(If the Saints skip out on New Orleans, will Austin’s Shoal Creek Saloon continue to display a giant Saints helmet on their roof? More importantly, will this impact their chicken fried steak in any way?)

From ESPN.com

Saints owner Tom Benson declared this week that nothing will be decided on the franchise’s future until after the season. But ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that, based on information from key league sources, the team has probably played its last game in New Orleans.

According to Mortensen, San Antonio is a likely home for 2006 and Los Angeles is the preferred destination beyond that. The NFL could still include New Orleans as a Super Bowl site when the city is reconstructed, and expansion might even be a possibility, but that’s 10 to 15 years away.

Writes Ira Kaplan,

My first reaction was disbelief. But then I thought some more. For years, I have been against New York and New Jersey providing public money to build stadiums, citing studies (studies that I can be no more specific about than I just have been, but they’re out there, you know they’re out there) that prove that a sports franchise does little or nothing to improve the economic quality of life of those in its vicinity. And although it’s never appeared that any sports franchise was willing to take those studies seriously, perhaps at long last we’ve found the team that will. Ownership of the New Orleans Saints, cognizant of the fact that returning to New Orleans will only hinder the recovery of the city, is prepared to take the colossal public relations hit and move away. I don’t know about you, but I have a new favorite team.

Crotchety Columnist Cries Over Fox’s Excessive Promos

Posted in Baseball, Sports TV at 12:24 pm by

I think it is safe to assume that the Rocky Mountain News’ Dusty Saunders is not particularly concerned with the career arc of Robin Tunney.

An irritating pop-up promotion, complete with a siren, appeared on the screen during a key inning.

The promo was for Prison Break, Fox’s Monday night drama that returns to prime time when the World Series ends.

The siren, of course, indicated the prison break, which Tim McCarver and Joe Buck couldn’t ignore.

They provided brief, lame comedy lines about the baserunner making his break.

Such pop-up promotions aren’t new on live sports events because Fox and CBS have been using them regularly during NFL games.

But they’re more intrusive in baseball, particularly during the intense, often slow-moving World Series coverage. And when audio is added, the process further cheapens baseball, which continues to lose its appeal as a TV attraction.

Fewer viewers are watching the sport annually.

Call me old-fashioned. But getting involved with baseball on television was more fun when the only images on the screen were ballplayers, umpires and managers.

And the sounds were the voices of pros such as Vin Scully, not sirens.

Much as I respect Mr. Traditionalist’s opinion, I personally feel that Fox doesn’t go far enough. The sort of crossover programming that worked so well in the past for, say, “All In The Family” and “The Jeffersons”, or “Homicide” and “Law & Order”, could easily be employed in this setting. Joe Buck could be entrusted with the tranquilizer gun to supervise that screaming woman from “Trading Spouses : Meet Your New Mommy”. If one or both are killed in the process, that’s a small price to pay. The OC’s Adam Brody and Kevin Kennedy could switch places for a week — just to see if anyone noticed.

Schmuck Says This Series Is Fucked

Posted in Baseball at 11:21 am by

Perhaps confused by the sight of baseball playing played by two competent teams, this year’s World Series receives a big thumbs down courtesy of the Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck.

This thing didn’t even get exciting until the pitching started to break down in the White Sox’s 7-6 victory last night. The only way for it to be truly memorable is for the pitching to be forgettable, a Catch-22 that kind of blows the whole theory.

There is almost nothing compelling about this World Series, unless you count the 88 years of futility since the White Sox last won one … and didn’t we just play that tune in Boston last October?

There is no famous curse, unless you want to talk about the Curse of Kenesaw Mountain Landis, because the last time anyone considered the White Sox even close to a baseball dynasty, a bunch of players decided to make a few bucks by throwing the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds.

There are no mythic figures, especially after Roger Clemens limped off the mound after only two innings of Game 1 and became questionable for the rest of the Series and maybe his career.

There is no geographical intrigue. No disrespect to the Astros, who only finished 11 games out of first place in the National League Central this year, but Houston’s baseball history isn’t exactly the stuff of legend, unless you grew up really believing that the Astrodome is one of the eight wonders of the world.

It’s a nice enough town, but let’s be honest. That part of Texas is really just a big oil field with Alamo envy.

The White Sox are rolling in historical significance, but largely because of the Black Sox Scandal, which apparently has become a source of civic pride. They proudly fly the 1919 American League pennant over U.S. Cellular Field, but owner Jerry Reinsdorf will wag a finger at anyone who makes the connection between that shameful episode in baseball history and the pitching-rich team that won 99 regular-season games this year.

“This is the first time this year that anyone has wanted to bring up the 1919 team,” he told a group of reporters Friday. “Nobody ever talked about it before. They threw the World Series, but what’s the connection? I don’t hate Germans because of Hitler. It’s different people.”

That’s an interesting analogy, especially coming from a guy who spent a great deal of time with the late Reds owner Marge “Hitler was good in the beginning” Schott, but the point is legitimate. There is no connection, so there’s even less reason to get all excited about the White Sox and their chance to win a world title for the first time since 1917.

I mean, who really cares about good pitching anyway? The Sox got a strong performance from Jose Contreras in Game 1 and sent 16-game winner Mark Buehrle into the mist last night, but who are we kidding? If baseball fans wanted to watch 3-2 games, we’d still think BALCO was some kind of sporting goods manufacturer.

Ozzie : Wrigley’s Infested With Rats

Posted in Baseball at 9:57 am by

I’m hoping this World Series goes 7 games, because if you’re looking for hot quotes from Ozzie Guillen, he’s only just getting warmed up. From the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan :

As for Wrigley Field, Guillen (above) compared it to the Statue of Liberty and said Chicago will not become a Sox town even if they win the World Series.

“This is a Cubs town,” he said. “You’ve got to win seven World Series in a row. Seven, not one, You go to Niketown, you only see Chicago Cubs stuff, and I don’t blame them, because we haven’t done anything yet to make that step. I want to change that.”

Without stopping for a breath, Guillen then related how fans at Wrigley “never watch the game,” and just go for the party.

“I’ve always said that for fans, it’s the best field to go to. But for you to work?” he said. “That’s why I don’t like to go to Wrigley Field. I love it when the game starts, but before the game and after the game, it’s the worst field in baseball. It’s uncomfortable to go there. I’m not saying I hate to play the Cubs. I hate going to Wrigley Field. Does that make me a bad man?

“Go ask the Cubs players if they like to play there every day. When they have to go and hit in the batting cages and there’s 20,000 rats running around.”

Guillen conceded he never saw a rat at Wrigley but was told the story by Cubs bullpen coach Juan “Porky” Lopez.

“I never go to the hitting cage,” he said. “They feed those things.”

Local Entertainer’s Confused Loyalties

Posted in Baseball, The World Of Entertainment at 9:46 am by

I was pleased to see that Fox used the caption “Bernie Mac of The Bernie Mac Show’” when giving us a glimpse of the comedian/actor during Saturday’s Game One. Because otherwise, we might’ve confused him Bernie Mac from “The O.C.”, or Bernie Mac from “Get A Life”.

From the Chicago Sun-Times’ Greg Couch.

Minutes before Game 2 of the World Series, and here comes Bernie Mac strolling down the hall behind the skyboxes on the second floor of Sox Park. It was a slow walk, exuding a strong and cool presence.

And he’s wearing a White Sox jacket.

“I ain’t never been no Cub fan,” he said. “They hate us, and we hate them.”

We wrote here Sunday that it seemed strange that Mac, of ”The Bernie Mac Show,” was here as a Sox fan. Celebrities at times pull for whichever team is on national TV. The Sox supposedly turned away John Cusack — Buck Weaver in “Eight Men Out” — for having been a Cubs fan.

But Mac sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field in Game 6 of the 2003 NL Championship Series. The Bartman game. Minutes later, the Cubs collapsed. And here he was at Sox Park, a Sox supporter?

“The Cubs asked would I do it, would I sing,” Mac said. “I said yeah. I’m from Chicago, and we’ve finally got a winner and I didn’t want to not support them.”